JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ‚Äî Nebraska coach Bo Pelini had expressed doubt about whether senior quarterback Taylor Martinez could play in the Gator Bowl when he appeared at a news conference in Jacksonville on Dec. 12. The decision is now finalized.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think Taylor will make it for this one,‚Äù Pelini said. ‚ÄúMan, it‚Äôs a shame. He‚Äôs not where he needs to be to be able to go out there and play the way he wants to play.‚Äù
Martinez is a fifth-year senior and one of the team captains. He started the first three games of the season, missed the next three because of a foot injury, started against Minnesota and has missed the last five games. He is Nebraska‚Äôs all-time leader in passing yards (7,258), touchdown passes (56) and total offense (10,233) and holds more than 20 school records.
Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. will likely get the start at quarterback. He missed the final regular-season game against Iowa with an ankle injury, but he‚Äôs now at full strength. Senior Ron Kellogg III made the only start of his four-year career in the Iowa game, a 38-17 loss to the Hawkeyes.